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Old August 13th 10, 19:20   #406
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Re: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Well, a) it wasn't just women who got turned off by the exploitative theme, b) not all women deserted in droves, c) you yourself might be a little stereotyped for making it that simple a binary, and d) a lot of people had a real problem with the lack of family above all. Buffy, Angel, and Firefly all had "found families" of people pulling together, and they all had them from the start. Dollhouse got to that sense of family but it took a long time, longer than some had patience for. Moreover, when your main character kept having all her character development erased, it was hard to root for her for a while.

Also Fox was lousy at promoting the show. This was in large part due to them not knowing exactly what they wanted, as Joss has talked about, and partially due to apparently spending no money on publicity at all. Dushku did an appearance on some well-known talk show or other, the host said, "So you're premiering this week?" and Dushku had to say, "Actually, we've been on for two weeks now." There was zilch awareness.
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